Google Maps for Android Finally Gets Weather Overlay When Browsing Maps: Report

Feb 7, 2024

Google Maps users on Android devices will be happy to know that the company is finally releasing an update that will finally let users see current weather conditions in the Maps browser itself. According to 9to5Google, the feature started rolling out in recent weeks, but is finally seeing widespread availability now. This is a server side update so users will basically need to be on the latest version of the app on their Android devices for it to show up.

According to the report, the feature has been available for iOS users for several years and has recently started appearing for Android (during the testing phase). For devices that have already received the server side update, users will see a small box around the left corner of the map browser. This small box also shows the current weather and sometimes the Air Quality Index (AQI) (depending on availability).

Tapping the box brings up a larger tile that displays more details that usually appears in the top half of the normal Google Weather app (available on Pixel devices) or in Google search results for the same.

This includes the current temperature high and low as well as an hourly, daily forecast for the rest of the day. Below this there is another section that shows the current air quality; Tapping on this changes the view back to the map browser with markers for the nearest area with available AQI data, or colors the map according to the AQI legend.

To recall, Google also recently announced that it will be bringing a new Generative AI feature to help improve search in Maps. The feature is currently only available for local guides in the US and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help users discover new places. It will use large language models (LLM) to decide which places to suggest to users if they are confused about where to go. According to Google, these suggestions will be tailored to the specific needs of the user. The feature will be rolled out to select local guides first, followed by a broader rollout later.

More recently, Google also announced at its Building for India event that Maps will soon get several new India-centric features in the coming months. This will include live view walking, lenses in maps, fuel efficient routing, address descriptors, local train support etc.

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